Wednesday, May 30, 2007

thanks for the graduation money, grandma!

Mail buried at postal worker's home

Meiling Arounnarath and Benjamin Niolet, Staff Writers

A postal worker rooted through years of mail looking for cash, credit cards and checks before burning and burying piles of envelopes in her yard with the help of family members, authorities said.

Investigators recovered two dozen bins of letters, paychecks and credit card bills inside and outside the home, some dating to 2003.

...four others face charges in an operation that investigators say pilfered everything from insurance cards to students' graduation money.

So this lady stole US Mail looking for cash and goodies mailed to others since 2003, huh? Given many teens' reluctance to acknowledge receiving checks from relatives, I'm not certain anybody would have noticed the discrepancy right away.

Well, maybe the teens would have.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

the kidney transplant

A woman called her brother with bad news.

"Bill, the doctor told me I need a new kidney. He said you would be the only likely donor candidate. He wants you to set up an appointment to discuss this as soon as possible."

"I can't do that, Sis," said Bill.

"Why not?!? Don't you understand? If I don't get a kidney soon, the doctor said my kidneys would fail."

"You know I can't do that, Sis."

"I don't understand why you won't consider this, Bill. You don't want me to die, do you?" she pleaded.

"Of course not," he said.

"Well, what's the problem? You didn't say 'No' to Dad when HE needed a kidney!"

Saturday, May 19, 2007

anonymous blog comments

Do you accept anonymous comments on your blog?

Do you post comments pseudonymously on other blogs?

Please read Who ARE YOU?? for more.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

cyber-terrorism strikes women bloggers - UPDATE


Sexual Threats Stifle Some Female Bloggers
By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, April 30, 2007

A female freelance writer who blogged about the pornography industry was threatened with rape. A single mother who blogged about "the daily ins and outs of being a mom" was threatened by a cyber-stalker who claimed that she beat her son and that he had her under surveillance. Kathy Sierra, who won a large following by blogging about designing software that makes people happy, became a target of anonymous online attacks that included photos of her with a noose around her neck and a muzzle over her mouth.

And from Slate, this, regarding Kathy Sierra:

Fear of Blogging
Why women shouldn't apologize for being afraid of threats on the Web.
By Dahlia Lithwick
Posted Friday, May 4, 2007, at 7:20 PM ET

Some suggested that Sierra deserved to have her throat slit and to be suffocated, sexually violated, and hanged. Among the things Sierra wrote as she folded up her blogging tent: "I have cancelled all speaking engagements. I am afraid to leave my yard. I will never feel the same. I will never be the same."

Ms Sierra also had her Social Security Number and her Address published by an anonymous commenter of her blog.

05/11/07 UPDATE - I have since learned that some bloggers of questionable intent will stalk "mommy blogs," capture, and repost pictures found on those blogs in a manner that's less than flattering.

I'm pretty sure "the framers" didn't have this in mind.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

this joke came to me in a dream

A mother and her son were at an arena watching a game.

The son got up to go to the bathroom.

While he was away, an extremely large woman came and sat in his seat.

The mother said, "Excuse me, but my son was sitting there."

"Oh, my," exclaimed the woman, "he must be crushed."

I gotta stop eating left-over pizza before bedtime.